August 19, 2019
YouTube has released new details regarding its previously announced transition to ad-supported free content to be made available via YouTube Originals. According to a statement from the YouTube team: “New YouTube Originals series, movies, and live events released after September 24, 2019 will be made available to non-members to watch for free, with ads. For series, members will get immediate access to every episode of a new season, while non-members will have to wait for each new episode to be released.”
Premium members will have early ad-free access to shows and bonus features as well as the ability to download YouTube Originals for offline viewing. (The YouTube Support site has more details.) They also get access to YouTube Music Premium for the usual $11.99/month.
“It appears that YouTube Originals content released prior to that September 24 date will remain exclusive to Premium subscribers, but going forward, it’ll be fair game for everyone,” reports Android Central. YouTube’s “paying customers will gain access to additional footage that won’t be available for free users.”
According to YouTube: “In most cases, where available, director’s cuts and bonus footage for YouTube Originals movies and live events will be exclusive to members.”
“YouTube has also added a handful of new features to [the] Premium subscription,” notes Engadget. “The new ‘Recommended downloads’ section in its app’s Library tab could make it easier to find interesting videos to download. It’s now also possible to switch between a song and a music video with the tap of a button. Finally, Android users can now automatically download up to 500 songs from their Liked Songs list and other playlists.”